Listening to music you love is one of life”s little joys. Tunes can transport you somewhere else, lift your mood, and make you want to get up and dance. Sometimes, it seems like magic.
But music isn”t just fun, it”s also good for you. Recent research has uncovered just how much music affects our health, and as it turns out, music has the ability to make our lives a whole lot better.
1. Music can help with heart problems.
Listening to uplifting, optimistic music can help prevent heart problems by providing a sense of well-being that expands blood vessels and increases circulation.
2. Music helps plants grow.
That”s right – happy, upbeat music can make your plants more, well, happy and upbeat (read: healthy). Apparently, your plants are really listening.
3. It can help prevent hearing loss.
A recent study showed that musicians have better overall hearing throughout their lives as compared to non-musicians.
4. Music can stop teens from being gloomy.
An experiment demonstrated that teens who listened to happy music are more positive and empathetic than others.
5. Music benefits those with mental disorders.
Doctors use music to stimulate the area of the brain that controls speech and movement, and regulates balance. Many with diseases such as Parkinson”s, Alzheimer”s, and dementia have reacted positively to music therapy.
6. It can improve the health of newborns.
Music has helped preemies gain weight by relieving pain and encouraging healthy appetites.
7. Music makes wine taste better.
Good music can make bad wine taste much better. (Unconfirmed: drinking multiple glasses of bad wine makes bad wine taste much better.)
8. It improves literacy.
Literacy and vocabulary test results showed that kids who received musical education scored higher than those who hadn”t.
9. Music can stop teens from loitering.
If you”ve got a bunch of kids hanging around your property or business, use the method that has been proven to keep them far away: blast classical music.
10. Music can improve athletic performance.
Studies have shown that listening to music while engaging in an athletic activity can significantly boost your overall performance.
11. Regional music sells regional wines.
Apparently, if a store wants to sell a wine from a particular country, playing music that originates from that locale boosts the sales of the vino.
(via Mental Floss)
If you didn”t love listening to music before, there”s no reason why you shouldn”t now. Not only is it a lot of fun, but it also goes a long way in helping you lead a healthy life.